Michael Stammers is Keeper Emeritus of Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool. As a Norfolk man, he has always had a deep interest in the County's maritime history, and has written in length about it in books and journals.
This current volume has been compiled through years of research and highlights the vibrant shipping scene all along the North Norfolk coast in the 19th century.
This was a time when tiny ports such as Brancaster or Blakeney thrived on exporting wheat and barley and importing coal, timber and other commodities. Even places such as Bacton or Cromer, which had no harbour, used their beaches as landing places for cargo.
Before the building of local railways, they served a wide hinterland. Many of the ships were built locally, chiefly at Wells, and many local people from merchants and shipmasters to widows and grocers invested in them. This book is a valuable reference tool for local, maritime and family historians.